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Tom Inglesby, Real Estate Pro in 97239
Tom Inglesby answered:
Requirements for converting a basement into a studio apartment in Portland, OR.
You did not mention windows and ones that open for a bedroom and are they about 3 feet off the floor? You might have a problem if the furnace is between the exterior door and sleeping ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 13, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Propmaintgen…, Home Buyer in Portland, OR
Propmaintgencontr answered:
How much would it cost approximately to add on to the back of our house?
hello Sheri, Dont feel bad about being clueless at this stage, there are lots of decisions to be made in order to find out the cost of an addition....

your wishes turned into plans
... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 26, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Adam Zagel, Real Estate Pro in Clackamas, OR
Adam Zagel answered:
I'm looking at a duplex foreclosure and wonder how much it is to remodel it. Focus would be on inside, new floors, kitchens, bathrooms. outside
Are you looking to flip it or get renters in it. I own my duplex that I have done work in. Give me a call we could chat.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 11, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 97218
Mary Jean Ha…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Mary Jean Harmon answered:
How much does it cost to finish a basement so that it won't flood?
I am not a contractor, and I can find you someone who can answer that question. Just email me at maryjean@kw.com and I can make multiple referrals to the experts in our area! Likely it ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 12, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Jon Cole, Other/Just Looking in Oregon
Jon Cole answered:
We're making a window larger (egress) to make a "bonus" room into a legal bedroom. Do we need a permit? The construction is fairly
Depends on the jurisdiction but COP yes - if you are enlarging ( or reducing believe it or not! ) the size of an opening then you need a permit. Just as important is installing and fl ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 13, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Patricia, Other/Just Looking in Portland, OR
Patricia answered:
Do I need a permit to clean up and finish a bathroom in basement where toilet and sink already exist?
Just add / clarify ... toilet (not completely to code), shower drain, and laundry sink already exist. We want to bring everything everything to code, wall it in, and essentially have a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 1, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 97211
Stephen Fitz…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor answered:
Can turning space over the garage into a dressing room raise my property taxes?
Yes. I take it you mean a bedroom. Adding a bedroom to your home will in most cases increase your property taxes.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 15, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Stephen Fitz…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor answered:
Will I pay more in property taxes in Multnomah county if I increase the size of my deck?
I am not a tax expert, but from what I know about tax appraisals - no way! Home taxes are primarily decided by square foot, bedrooms, bath, construction year, and a general estimate of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 21, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Corey Eubanks, Real Estate Pro in Vancouver, WA
Corey Eubanks answered:
Finishing our basement to rent ... make it an ADU or just a regular basement and get special permission with City to add kitchen to our title?
Having a legally designated ADU typically adds resale value to a property in the future. It can also provide assurance to prospective tenants that you are a proactive landlord, allowing ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 24, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Janeese Jack…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Janeese Jackson answered:
Should I remodel my garage to rent out, is the ROI strong enough?
S: I agree with Katie that selling your present home and delving into the multi-family market might be a better fit for you! That would provide more privacy in your residential unit b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 17, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Stephen Fitz…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor answered:
Homeowners: What green changes will improve the value of my home?
Get a new high efficiency furnace! There is a huge tax credit available for you right now. Not only will this improve your home's value, it will help you with your taxes. I have the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 3, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Janeese Jack…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Janeese Jackson answered:
With all the talk @ a recession and job losses, why am I not seeing more aggressive pricing from contractors?
Hi Linda,
I'm simply posting an opinion, but I have to say that it's more than likely (as always) "supply and demand". With some people feeling the need to expand, but not wanting to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 15, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Dirk Knudsen, Real Estate Pro in 97124
Dirk Knudsen answered:
Pros and cons on building a house in Portland
Mroyal;

The lot will be the main thing. You can find lots from about $100K to $200K but they tend to be spot lots in an infill setting.

Their are so many short sales and steals o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 9, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Portland, OR
Page Latham, Real Estate Pro in Columbia, SC
Page Latham answered:
is it possible to turn a garage into a game room/other semi-finished space?
Dennis,

Consult your county office for building permit requirements. In most areas, if you are increasing the finished/heated square footage, you will be required to obtain a permit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 18, 2008 Remodel & Renovate in Portland, OR
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